At the end of the second season, She-Ra and the Princesses of Power managed to open up the world of Etheria in new and fun ways. First Ones technology became more intriguing and mysterious, unlikely partnerships were formed, and character histories were unveiled. Season three continues that trend but boils it down into a six episode arc that brings it to a satisfying conclusion. Minor spoilers below!
We left off season two with a big cliffhanger. Shadow Weaver (Lorraine Toussaint) escaped the Fright Zone and was able to sneak into Bright Moon, approaching Adora’s (Aimee Carrero) bed. The third season picks up immediately after that, with the city of rebels in a panic as to how she got in. What ends up happening is Adora learns the truth of who she is. Or, at least, a small part of who she was. She came from another dimension and they believe she is actually one of the First Ones. Adora, floored by this revelation, goes to Light Hope to confirm it. This sends her on a mission to the center of the Crimson Waste to find the answers she’s looking for. Most of the episodes focus on our best friend squad and a new friend (or enemy) in Huntara (voiced by Geena Davis). Adora believes the answers lie with Mara, the former She-Ra.
At the same time, Catra (AJ Michalka) is on her own journey. Cast out of the Horde, she tries to make a new life for herself. Since her former best friend defected and the only mother figure she knew didn’t care for her, our antagonist believes she has nothing left. Without anything to live for, she truly embraces the darker side of herself, becoming the cunning villain she was always trying so hard to be. Which makes her a major threat to our heroes. It’s an extremely interesting development for the character.
What season three does really well is make the story more personal. This isn’t a story about the Rebellion versus the Horde or The Princess Alliance, it’s two girls’ journey to discover the truth of who they are. Since this is the case, the scope of the season is much smaller. However, within these personal stories comes even bigger world building. If we thought Etheria opened up in the last season, honey we had another storm coming with season three.
One of the standout moments in this season is the developing friendship and partnership between Entrapta (Christine Woods) and Hordak (Keston John). Yes, the princess we were cheering for in season one and the main antagonist of the series. Their team up makes for some of the more compelling moments of the season. In fact, Hordak telling Entrapta that “anyone who discounts you are utter fools” could almost be romantic. You know, if he wasn’t trying to destroy the entirety of Etheria.
She-Ra and the Princesses of Power continues to be an emotional yet fun ride that will keep bringing people back for more. It may be the best season yet!
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